Hey guys! It has now been a few weeks out from the whole 30 experience and I’ve had plenty of time to really reflect on the past month and all the new things I’ve learned, changes I’ve made, and goals I’ve set. With that being said, I want to put a disclaimer here because It might get a bit cheesy and if you’re not feeling that, I’m giving you a free pass to ditch out of my post now….but I hope you don’t because I’ve got a lot to say! :)
I want to start off by saying YOU are STRONGER than you think. For me personally, I’m the kind of person that doesn’t want to try things because I either feel like I’m not good enough, or I can’t do it, or I won’t reach the outcome I want. So because of this, I often don’t try my best or get discouraged when something doesn’t go to plan, or don’t even try at all. I used to hate that part of myself and it seemed no matter what I did, I couldn’t fix that about myself. Before we started whole 30, I had a billion doubts and because of this internal problem–I didn’t even want to try… because what If I couldn’t make it work perfectly for 30 days? What if I cheat and have cheese one day? or what If I don’t reach my end goal? In order for me to agree to begin this change in my life, I had to fully commit to this and recognize that while life may get in the way, you just have to keep on going. And you best believe, I had off days. I had chocolate, sugar, and peanut butter all in one day. I had a hard time not quitting it all completely that day because I felt as though I had failed and I wouldn’t be able to come back from that. I was wrong. I got back at it and followed the rules successfully according to plan. I even developed the discipline to wake myself up every morning at the crack of dawn to get a workout in before I started my day..and now to this day, have been going/doing something active every single day since December 13th. It has been a long time coming, but I can honestly say it has now turned into a lifestyle change and not a chore. I guess what I am trying to say through this is that—you CAN do it. Your body and mind will surprise you. You have the discipline to change whatever bad circumstance you’re going through and turn your life around if you truly want to. Don’t make excuses and just do it. Once I stopped letting my mind control my body, talking myself out of things, and making really poor excuses as to why I couldn’t follow through for 30 days or why going to the gym would be a bad idea—it all changed for me. I became determined and had a newfound discipline that carried me through to a successful completion.
It will be HARD WORK. I am not trying to sugar coat this experience by saying that it was so easy and effortless after I changed my mindset and that’s the key to success blah blah blah because that is not true. Yes, it is extremely necessary and important but you have to also have the passion, direction, and clear purpose as to why you are doing this in order to keep going. If not, you’ll fall flat, decide to quit and find something better to do. For me, I came to a point in my life where I didn’t want to just “coast through” anymore. I wanted to enjoy the present moment, all the little things, and have clear direction in my life. Doing this whole 30, as insignificant and “crazy” as it may seem to others, did that for me and I would do it a million times over again (currently on my next 30 days right now ;)
The last but certainly not least important lesson I learned is this: CHANGE DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. As my dad put it, I didn’t gain all of the excess weight in thirty days so how can I expect it to all melt off me in just thirty days?? Change takes time. Which, if you’re trying to lose weight, can be hard to wrap your head around and can be really really really frustrating (believe me, I know). When I stepped on the scale after my thirty days, the number scared me. It was hard to believe I wasn’t at my end goal. It was hard to accept that while I could see a physical change in my body, the number didn’t match my progress. Instead of giving up all together, don’t forget to celebrate all the LITTLE victories and even the tiniest bits of progress because soon enough there will be BIG progress.
I know that is a lot ^^^ but this experience has made me change my perspective and think completely different about things–which I do think is crucial to the success of this and any other lifestyle change. I also know that this is going to come off super dramatic, and for that I apologize (lol) but I hope you can take something from it and that it helps in some kind of way!! :)
Keep up the good work!!